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Stanford prepares for next chapter of campus expansion

Original post made on Nov 22, 2016

Faced with a heavy demand for housing, evolving academic disciplines and anticipated growth in its undergraduate population, Stanford University is preparing to expand its campus by more than 2 million square feet over the next 17 years, according to an application the university submitted Monday with Santa Clara County.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 21, 2016, 5:13 PM

Comments (29)

Posted by resident
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 22, 2016 at 9:35 am

More housing on campus along with shuttle busses and bike paths would reduce car traffic on city streets, if they didn't increase the number of students and faculty at the same time


Posted by Tom
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

Interesting story, full of facts -- except for one of the most important ones. Nowhere is there a mention of Redwood City. Stanford is in the process of developing about 35 acres of land there for administrative and research space. The first phase is expected to be complete in 2019, and eventually 2400 staff will be located there. Many if not most administrative units will be relocated there from campus, leaving that space available for academic buildings and housing.

This is huge for the GUP, since Redwood City is in San Mateo County, not Santa Clara, so all the car trips, etc., that will be involved with the RC campus won't count against the Santa Clara GUP. See Web Link for details.

How did this get overlooked?


Posted by SJW
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

SJW is a registered user.

The best part of this new GUP is that it will NOT increase car usage at least that what the article in the Stanford Report said. What a joke. I guess none of these 3150 units of housing will have people who need to go to dentists, grocery stores, ballet lessons, or alike. The way Stanford crafts its information is astonishing. There will be more traffic in adjacent communities and there is no way to avoid it. GO Stanford! at least that's what the City seems to say.


Posted by Sighing Heavily
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Oh, please, God, NO!

Palo Alto was here before Stanford was.... tired of them impacting Palo Alto more every year, acting as if they own the city.

I have lived in other college towns, but Stanford oversteps it's boundaries far more than other schools!


Posted by Mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Oops, Stanford was here before Palo Alto. Leland Stanford built the town of Palo Alto for his university. Before that we only had Mayfield. That was the bars and brothels along what is now California Avenue. Stanford wanted his town to be dry. No liquor stores in Palo Alto. The closest ones for many years, by state law, were in whiskey Gulch, now Four Seasons Hotel in San Mateo County, and Ernie's Liquors down in Barron Park that was out of Palo Alto city limits.


Posted by ACKftt
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

That's right. There was no Palo Alto until Mr. Stanford created it to serve his university.


Posted by Okay
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Then how is it that Palo Alto High School was built four years before Stanford?????


Posted by Wrong
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Paly was founded in 1898. Stanford in 1885.


Posted by paly
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Stanford University was founded in 1885. Palo Alto High didn't come along until 13 years later.


Posted by Okay
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Then why did Stanford celebrate their 100- year anniversary in the autumn of 1994?

It was claimed at the time that Stanfordbwas FOUNDED in 1894, four years AFTER Paly!


Posted by Paly
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Paly & Gunn High & PAUSD offices are located on Stanford land leased for $1 a year as long as they remain public schools.


Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm

The Stanford University project was started by Leland and Jane Stanford in 1885, and after 6 years of planning and building the campus, opened its doors and enrolled its first students in October 1st, 1891.

The city of Palo Alto was incorporated April 23, 1894 and Paly was founded in 1898.


Posted by LS
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Kudos to Stanford for constructing a significant amount of housing units. Such housing units will take students out of Palo Alto housing stock making units available to non-Stanford students. Palo Alto has yet to develop policies that result in any significant housing development.


Posted by win-win
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

These new Stanford housing units will allow Stanford to continue to attract top-notch grad students, faculty and staff while, at the same time, reducing demand for Palo Alto housing, allowing downtown and Stanford Research Park tech workers to more easily find housing. One question: will these new units count towards Palo Alto's ABAG requirement? If so, win-win-win.


Posted by kh
a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:54 am

How many scholarships does Stanford give to local financial need students (who qualify for admission)? By local I mean within Santa Clara/San Mateo counties, with special emphasis on communities like EPA. With their endowment I hope it's a big number, is it? Also what do they do for community outreach?


Posted by Forest
a resident of Escondido School
on Nov 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

Stanford admins converting half of student with children housing into singles and couples graduate housing. This impacts a small but diverse community of students that have children such as women, veterans, low income, and first generation. The future for diversity at Stanford will forever be limited when we loose this resource. Please email the trustees that you support diversity in housing.


Posted by to Forest
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

By converting some family housing into housing for single students Stanford will be able to accommodate far more graduate students in affordable housing units. This will be very beneficial to their graduate and professional programs. [Portion removed.]


Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

Scholarships are based on need, not where you live.


Posted by EV resident To: "To Forest"
a resident of Escondido School
on Nov 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

It's important to be sensitive when making religious comments, and especially if that means singling out a particular religious group as not diverse. In our experience, we have had a substantial number of Mormon family neighbors (my estimate is 15%--maybe because they tend to have kids earlier), but also often an equal of number of Muslim and Jewish families (often 15% each, depending on the years), as well as other Christian and Hindu neighbors, and neighbors who I don't know their belief systems. On top of that, there is a *huge* proportion of international families--my count is over 70% international, let alone the racial and cultural diversity within the "American" families and mixed families. It is not easy to raise kids in this culture. I think Forest's point is valid that as a matter of diversity--yes, diversity--let alone human decency and work-life balance, etc., etc., Stanford needs to support families. Any either/or trade-offs are artificially created.


Posted by Glenn
a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

30% of stanford students with children are international Web Link

I lived in escondido and many of my student neighbors were single parents (off campus with childcare is nearly impossible), nursing mothers (need to return home to nurse), low income like myself (no chance to attend stanford without this housing), and first generation. A vast range of minority groups rounded out the mix. There is a diverse community from the religious cultures across the globe. As the article above relates - I learned about Jewish sabbath rules, Catholic customs, Buddhist respect for life, and Muslim customs to accept neighbors as family. It was the greatest experience of my life. I lived immersed in diversity and it is something that has stayed with my kids as a permanent understanding and appreciation for diversity.

The key point that concerns me is women in academics. Biologically women cannot put off children like men can. Currently, many of the women in academics do not have children. This trend will not support equal participation in academics. When women are equally represented in academics, all of the current student with children housing will be needed. Without that resource - the facilities alone will dictate the participation of women as well as other demographics of diversity. Housing for children with students is a rich resource for these communities.


Posted by All the Same
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

It would be greatly appreciated if Stanford would cease to make decisions and actions that impact the city of Palo Alto adversely!

Stanford does not have the right to crowd and pollute Palo Alto and treat this city as if they own it from the water table to the sky!

I have never seen such an unfriendly, self-centered school; not even MIT comes close.

Having lived on two continents and travelled on four, I have never visited nor heard of any major university with such a self-serving arrogance!


Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Why does Stanford always have to grow?


Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 24, 2016 at 6:32 am

"How many scholarships does Stanford give to local financial need students (who qualify for admission)? By local I mean within Santa Clara/San Mateo counties, with special emphasis on communities like EPA. With their endowment I hope it's a big number, is it? Also what do they do for community outreach?"

Answer: Free to all where family income is less than $65K; almost if not completely free to family income under $125K

See program details here: Web Link


Posted by one question
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 24, 2016 at 6:51 am

"Stanford does not have the right to crowd and pollute Palo Alto and treat this city as if they own it from the water table to the sky!"

How is this different than all the buildup in Mountain View? Stanford (apart from the shopping center and Stanford Reasearch Park) is not part of Palo Alto.


Posted by Menlo Parker
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

In my nice, older neighborhood in Menlo Park near the train station, Stanford recently purchased two lots next to each other, each with a small one story house, built in the early 1900s. Each house was torn down and replaced with three oversized houses with no back or front yards. The new three houses on each lot face each other; six large houses crammed onto every inch of space where there were once two. Since Stanford owns the property, the buyers need to be affiliated with Stanford, and they will never own their homes to pass along to their children.

I never see any sign of life when I pass these new houses, so I'm not sure anyone even lives there. I hope Stanford isn't planning on buying up more land in Menlo Park and leasing only to Stanford people.


Posted by cm
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Stanford should only be allowed to build more housing. Until they can house every student, professor and worker on campus and the medical center they should not be allowed to build one more square foot of space for any other use. They are one of the major drivers of overpopulation, gridlock, pollution and decreased quality of life in the area!


Posted by Stephen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

@Menlo Parker:
Just curious - the new Stanford houses in Menlo Park are on Laurel, right? Looking at the zoning map, where they are located is zoned R3 "Apartment District" - per the Menlo Park planning department, one use is (ยง16.20.020 -1):

"Three (3) or more dwelling units on lots less than ten thousand (10,000) square feet;"

Do the new houses violate this zoning?


Posted by Speedwalker
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Stanford is the lifeblood of the entire Silicon Valley. Without Stanford, there'd be no Palo Alto. Without Stanford, there'd be no Yahoo, Facebook, Google, or what have you. Stanford provides jobs, vitality, cultural enrichment, and great human capital to the community. Be thankful and stop whining. They're the only reason your property is worth anything in the first place.


Posted by Maybe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Stanford does not "own" Palo Alto or Silicon Valley or the people who live in it; yet they act as if they do.

They overfill our public schools, and pollute our water, soil and air-- and that's not even counting their rather frequent hazmat spills!

I won't even start with all the people their hospital mains and kills, BUT one of the reasons it is SO overpriced is that they have lost SO many multi-million dollar malpractice suits!


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